Chris Jericho Once Asked Axl Rose To Pick Which Band Was Better, Judas Priest Or Iron Maiden

On the new episode of Chris Jericho’s podcast ‘Talk Is Jericho,’ Chris and Eddie Trunk recalled a conversation they had on a night out with Axl Rose. Jericho said they broke the ice right out of the gate by asking Axl Rose if he preferred Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. His answer was Judas Priest, but he also revealed his favorite album between the two bands. Jericho described the scene like this:

“I remember one of the questions we asked right away was, ‘All right Axl, great to have you here. Here’s your first question: Judas Priest or Iron Maiden?’ And once we gave him that, the ice broke and there were just a bunch of nerds talking about heavy metal. He said, ‘Priest.’ He liked Priest better, but I think he said ‘Killers'(Iron Maiden album) was his favorite album out of all of them, something along those lines. Like, Maiden won the actual album, but Priest overall was his favorite.”

In the podcast, we learned that the trio had a deep conversation about heavy metal that night, and Eddie Trunk revealed the band Axl Rose kept talking about that night. Trunk said:

“He kept bringing up Nazareth to me. Because he said what a fan he was of Dan McCafferty’s voice. Dan McCafferty passed away recently, yeah. But if you, if anybody, ever listens to Nazareth and you listen to Axl, you will hear a lot of that influence on Axl’s voice.”

Axl Rose Paid Tribute To Dan McCafferty

Eddie Trunk considers Dan McCafferty to be a big inspiration for Axl Rose’s singing. Well, he’s right, because Axl doesn’t hide his love for Nazareth and McCafferty. He even declared that he wouldn’t be singing if it wasn’t for Dan McCafferty and Nazareth, at a concert in 1988. Guns N’ Roses also covered Nazareth’s Hair Of The Dog on the 1993 album ‘The Spaghetti Incident?.’ So, you can understand that Axl Rose was very affected by Dan McCafferty’s death in 2022.

Axl posted an announcement tweet paying tribute to Dan McCafferty, about two weeks after his death. He added in his tweet that Dan’s voice will always have a special place in his heart. His message of condolence was as follows:

“Haven’t addressed this… been a tough pill to swallow. Very, very sad to learn of the passing of Dan McCafferty of Nazareth.I learned a day or so after rt b4 r show. Was in a bit of a surreal headspace on stage for several songs. Went on a Nazareth binge for a few days. Thanks Dan n’ all of Nazareth for all the music over the years. Their music n’ Dan’s voice will always have a special place in my heart. Rest in peace Dan.”

Nazareth has continued with Carl Sentance on vocals after Dan left the band in 2013 due to health issues.

Check out the full podcast with Eddie Trunk and Chris Jericho talking about their night with Axl Rose below.